Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lighter reds for Summer

For a real treat, chill one of these down a bit. These are some fun, outside-the-box picks for Summer faire. Good bright fruit, little or no tannic bite and some good spice.

2008 Mustilli Piedirosso S. Agata dei Goti
100% Piedirosso from Campania. This is a unique wine, a zesty light-bodied red with a clean, refreshing finish and good spice. Fermentation in stainless steel and kept in bottle for a year before release. Bright red in color. Red-fruit aromas enhanced by aromatics of lavender and thyme. Lively and dry on the palate with mild tannins and hints of dried fruits on the finish.

2007 Durin Ormeasco
A rare red wine from the Liguria region of Italy. Ormeasco is the local clone of Dolcetto. Light bodied, low tannins, and bright, red fruit. Perfect for a summer day and fritto misto or lighter seafood preparations.

2008 Punta Crena Cruvin Rosso
Made in the tiny town of Varigotti, Liguria. Not much red wine is made in this region and hardly any makes it to the U.S. The rare red grape in this wine is 100% Cruvino. Ruby red in color, with light red fruit strawberry on the nose. Flavors of robust forest berry and spice in the mouth. Soft, clean and long finish. We highly recommend this one!